You know what hurts after my long run this morning? My freaking back.
Legs feel fine. Feet? Never better. But my entire back, upper and lower, feels achy and exhausted. I guess the fact that I haven’t lifted a finger in the weight room or unrolled my yoga mat in the last three months is catching up to me. Yep – I have done zero strength or core work through most of this training cycle. I suck.
With three weeks to go until marathon, though, it’s too late to do much about it. It’s just so hard for me to do anything but run, when I’m logging 50+ miles a week.
Anyway. The hubs and I are at the airport, off to yet another weekend wedding adventure – this one in Aspen, CO! Maybe I’ll inquire about a massage…
Today’s EAT: After my run this morning, I was rushing around trying to pack and prepare for the trip and honestly didn’t get to eat anything but a handful of crackers until late afternoon. Oops.
When we got to the airport, I snagged this pizza and took it to the face.
Poor little sad pizza. It spent the last hours of its life under a heat lamp, only to be shoved rather violently down my gullet.
The hubs, on the other hand, has opted to purchase fried chicken to bring on board the plane. I am planning to pretend that I don’t know him when all of the other passengers shoot us scornful looks.
Today’s DRINK: Food just sounded meh, but you know what I was really craving after my long run?
I don’t drink soda all that often, but sometimes a Diet Coke really hits the spot.
Today’s RUN: Twenty miles. Well, ish. I still haven’t found my Garmin (insert tears of sorrow) so I just went for time while wandering the bridle paths at Umstead.
It should have been three hours even, but I slowed way down during the last hour. This run sort of kicked my ass. I even walked some on the hills. I am definitely still not accustomed to the rolling terrain here.
I also made the mistake of sleeping in this morning. It was nearly 9 AM by the time I hit the trails. That meant it was nearly noon and over 90* by the time I got back to the car.
Let me tell ya: running up a sandy hill while the sun beats down on my is not my idea of a good time. I was pretty miserable through the latter half of this run. My fault though. I should have started earlier, like I’d planned to.
But it’s done, even if it wasn’t exactly the most confidence-building long run I’ve had. And it’s taper time now!
Today’s QUESTION: Soda – yay or nay? I know many people believe it to be evil; I’m kind of on the fence. I do feel better when I’m not drinking it every day, but damn Diet Coke, why do you have to be so tasty?